“That’s why you the best in the world. Thank you so much Cristiano. You make my brother Ali Amir happy,” Khabib wrote for the great footballer.
April is crucial for UFC with a much-anticipated bout between reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson is slated for April 18.
The main event of Saturday’s UFC 249 card in Florida is billed as being for the interim lightweight title but Tony Ferguson says he should be considered the real champion if he beats opponent Justin Gaethje.
UFC President Dana White has vowed that the Middle East’s “well-educated” fans will continue to witness “massive fights” in Abu Dhabi as he embarks on educating the world on the UAE capital as a premier UFC destination.
"It's a very difficult situation. I personally have over 20 relatives... who were in intensive care. Many of them are not with us anymore. Many of my acquaintances are dead," Nurmagomedov said.
Rejecting rumours of Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement, the Russian wrestler’s manager has confirmed that the UFC Lightweight Champion will lock horns with American Justin Gaethje before the end of the calendar year.
In seven days, Abu Dhabi will welcome the return of crowd favourite Khabib Nurmagomedov to the UFC octagon for the first time since his victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in the emirate back in September 2019.
Moments after moving to 29-0 in his career and cementing his legacy, Khabib took off his gloves and laid them down in the middle of the octagon as he announced his retirement from the sport
"I've received sad news, friends, that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has left this world," Kadyrov wrote on Telegram messenger, saying he was expressing the condolences of the "whole Chechen people."
Walking away at the peak of his career, undefeated UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje on Saturday as the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the UAE capital for another Fight Island spectacle.